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What in the past was always considered to be unthinkable is now only not unthinkable but being discussed in an almost cavalier manner by persons who should know better.
"Cavalier: n., adj. n. - - 5. haughty, disdainful, or supercilious. 6. casual; lighthearted."
TACTICAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THE USED OF SAME A HOT BUTTON FOR DISCUSSION AS RELATED TO THE UKRAINE CONFLICT.
William J. Broad, The New York Times Tue, March 22, 2022
"In destructive power, the [nuclear] behemoths of the Cold War dwarfed the U.S. atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. Washington’s biggest test blast was 1,000 times as large. Moscow’s was 3,000 times. On both sides, the idea was to deter strikes with threats of vast retaliation — with mutual assured destruction [MAD]. The psychological bar was so high that nuclear strikes came to be seen as unthinkable."
"Today, both Russia and the United States have nuclear arms that are much less destructive — their power just fractions of the Hiroshima bomb’s force, their use perhaps less frightening and more thinkable."
Tactical battlefied nuclear weapons normally defined as being those atomic weapons able to punch a 200 meter [220 yards] wide hole in the enemy defense. Everything and everyone within that area instantly destroyed.
Within the American atomic munitions inventory the B-61 bomb that most deadly within context.
Yield of the B-61 variable on demand. Ranges from a high end of 170 kilotons of explosive to 100 tons of explosive at the other end of the spectrum.
A variety of American and NATO warplanes able to carry the B-61 to target.
See too a previous blog entry [with many embedded links] the topic American NATO atomics:
I for one am not liking what I am hearing.